Feltex is a leading South African manufacturer of automotive components used in the assembly and aftermarket of the major global automotive brands.

We work closely with OEMs to deliver the customer experience they want to achieve and stand for. That means utilising the latest technology and keeping in sync with changing global needs and trends, and ensuring we always deliver on the customer experience. From improved internal vehicle experiences to external aesthetic and functional enhancements, we are focused on enhancing the end brand experience of our customers’ clients.

Visit the Feltex website

Feltex is a leading South African manufacturer of automotive components used in the assembly and aftermarket of the major global automotive brands.

We work closely with OEMs to deliver the customer experience they want to achieve and stand for. That means utilising the latest technology and keeping in sync with changing global needs and trends, and ensuring we always deliver on the customer experience. 

From improved internal vehicle experiences to external aesthetic and functional enhancements, we are focused on enhancing the end brand experience of our customers’ clients.

Visit the Feltex website

Feltex is a leading South African manufacturer of automotive components used in the assembly and aftermarket of the major global automotive brands.

We work closely with OEMs to deliver the customer experience they want to achieve and stand for. That means utilising the latest technology and keeping in sync with changing global needs and trends, and ensuring we always deliver on the customer experience. From improved internal vehicle experiences to external aesthetic and functional enhancements, we are focused on enhancing the end brand experience of our customers’ clients.

Visit the Feltex website

34.1 million automotive
components produced

111 000 aftermarket
accessories sold

R5.8 million spent on
research and development

R6.4 million invested
in technology

34.1 million automotive
components produced

111 000 aftermarket
accessories sold

R5.8 million spent on
research and development

R6.4 million invested
in technology

34.1 million automotive
components produced

111 000 aftermarket
accessories sold

R5.8 million spent on
research and development

R6.4 million invested
in technology

Value proposition

Feltex is a leading South African manufacturer of automotive components used in the assembly and aftermarket of the major global automotive brands.

Global OEMs with manufacturing and assembly plants in South Africa expect local suppliers to provide them with quality products that are manufactured to global specifications and at globally benchmarked prices. We work closely with OEMs to deliver the customer experience they want to achieve and stand for. That means utilising the latest technology and keeping in sync with changing global needs and trends, and ensuring we always deliver on the customer experience.

Working in conjunction with our international partners, we tender for and secure contracts to supply high-quality components for new vehicle models. These include moulded foam seats, insulation, acoustic and thermal components, and a variety of other parts that are best suited to being manufactured locally. The manufacturing technology and production capacity to do this is provided throughout the lifetime of the model at the volumes specified by the OEM.

A strong focus on new technology throughout the business is designed to support continuous innovation and process improvement, as well as to provide reliably superior levels of customer service. On our production lines, continuous improvement activities are being introduced to link processes, provide real-time management information, and improve decision-making.

From improved internal vehicle experiences to external aesthetic and functional enhancements, we are focused on enhancing the end brand experience of our customers’ clients. 

Our Maxe brand of aftermarket accessories, targeting the growing and popular SUV market and trucking sector, is well established and has a reputation for quality and reliability.

At Feltex, we aspire to be recognised as the leading sub-Saharan manufacturer of automotive components, partnering with all the major OEMs operating in sub-Saharan Africa. 

Products & services

Feltex Automotive Trim
Textile-based automotive acoustic and soft trim components

Autoneum Feltex
Underfloor systems for thermal and underfloor protection
Aluminium heatshields

Caravelle
Overlay carpets/loose-lay vehicle mats and tonneau covers

Feltex Fehrer
Polyurethane moulded foam
Moulded seats
Conventional and pour-in-place headrests
Foam pads
Side bolsters and armrests

Feltex Foam
Polyester and polyether flexible, semi-rigid, and rigid thermoformable foams for use in vehicles and high-tech industrial products

Auria Feltex
Acoustically engineered tufted automotive carpet

Maxe
Premium aftermarket accessories made from mild and stainless steel for light commercial vehicles (‘LCVs’), sports utility vehicles (‘SUVs’), heavy commercial vehicles (‘HCVs’), and extra heavy commercial vehicles (‘EHCVs’)

Certification & accreditation

How we add value

Innovation

We strive to be innovative in everything that we do. In the short term, this involves being constantly innovative in our approach to delivering components for new vehicle models, both at manufacturing stage and in the aftermarket.

Taking a longer-term view, we are working to ensure that the components we produce will be compliant with the new carbon emission standards that are set to be introduced in the EU in 2025. As 60% of all OEM output is exported, it is essential that we are compliant with this legislation.

We also constantly focus on innovations that will facilitate noise reduction, minimise heat, and reduce vibration in vehicles. This will be increasingly more relevant as markets evolve toward hybrid and electric vehicles.

Looking ahead

Analysis of prior trends indicates that the South African automotive industry is likely to lag global recovery. Vehicle sales in the EU and the USA are expected to normalise in 2023 and the local market is expected to take a further 12 months to return to a similar level of normality.

The global shortage of semiconductors is anticipated to continue and this will inevitably impact on vehicle production. Some local manufacturers have been more severely impacted than others by this shortage, but it is clear that it is affecting the industry across the world. It is, however, anticipated that local build rates will recover more quickly than local sales as manufacturers work to increase inventory and accelerate exports.

The latest iteration of government’s Automotive Production and Development Programme (‘APDP’) is expected to provide greater stability in the local automotive industry. The programme is designed to enable automotive component manufacturers to grow their value adding capabilities in order to support the creation of additional employment throughout the value chain. The Automotive Components business was successfully able to secure a Level 4 B-BBEE accreditation during the 2020 financial year and this means that both Feltex and Maxe are well positioned to take advantage of this programme going forward.

In the rest of Africa, potential opportunities are being developed through the African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (‘AAAM’). Identified target markets are Nigeria, Ghana, Algeria, Egypt, Kenya, Angola, Morocco, and Ethiopia. AAAM offices have already been opened in Ghana and there are plans in place to open an office in Kenya.

Automotive Components is a member of the AAAM and Maxe is the operating unit most likely to benefit from expansion into these markets.

Latest operational overview – 31 December 2021
VALUE PROPOSITION

Value proposition

Feltex is a leading South African manufacturer of automotive components used in the assembly and aftermarket of the major global automotive brands.

Global OEMs with manufacturing and assembly plants in South Africa expect local suppliers to provide them with quality products that are manufactured to global specifications and at globally benchmarked prices. We work closely with OEMs to deliver the customer experience they want to achieve and stand for.

That means utilising the latest technology and keeping in sync with changing global needs and trends, and ensuring we always deliver on the customer experience.

Working in conjunction with our international partners, we tender for and secure contracts to supply high-quality components for new vehicle models. These include moulded foam seats, insulation, acoustic and thermal components, and a variety of other parts that are best suited to being manufactured locally. The manufacturing technology and production capacity to do this is provided throughout the lifetime of the model at the volumes specified by the OEM.

A strong focus on new technology throughout the business is designed to support continuous innovation and process improvement, as well as to provide reliably superior levels of customer service. On our production lines, continuous improvement activities are being introduced to link processes, provide real-time management information, and improve decision-making.

From improved internal vehicle experiences to external aesthetic and functional enhancements, we are focused on enhancing the end brand experience of our customers’ clients. 

Our Maxe brand of aftermarket accessories, targeting the growing and popular SUV market and trucking sector, is well established and has a reputation for quality and reliability.

At Feltex, we aspire to be recognised as the leading sub-Saharan manufacturer of automotive components, partnering with all the major OEMs operating in sub-Saharan Africa. 

PRODUCTS & SERVICES

Products & services

Feltex Automotive Trim
Textile-based automotive acoustic and soft trim components

Autoneum Feltex
Underfloor systems for thermal and underfloor protection
Aluminium heatshields

Caravelle
Overlay carpets/loose-lay vehicle mats and tonneau covers

Feltex Fehrer
Polyurethane moulded foam
Moulded seats
Conventional and pour-in-place headrests
Foam pads
Side bolsters and armrests

Feltex Foam
Polyester and polyether flexible, semi-rigid, and rigid thermoformable foams for use in vehicles and high-tech industrial products

Auria Feltex
Acoustically engineered tufted automotive carpet

Maxe
Premium aftermarket accessories made from mild and stainless steel for light commercial vehicles (‘LCVs’), sports utility vehicles (‘SUVs’), heavy commercial vehicles (‘HCVs’), and extra heavy commercial vehicles (‘EHCVs’)

CERTIFICATION & ACCREDITATION

Certification & accreditation

HOW WE ADD VALUE

How we add value

INNOVATION

Innovation

We strive to be innovative in everything that we do. In the short term, this involves being constantly innovative in our approach to delivering components for new vehicle models, both at manufacturing stage and in the aftermarket.

Taking a longer-term view, we are working to ensure that the components we produce will be compliant with the new carbon emission standards that are set to be introduced in the EU in 2025. As 60% of all OEM output is exported, it is essential that we are compliant with this legislation.

We also constantly focus on innovations that will facilitate noise reduction, minimise heat, and reduce vibration in vehicles. This will be increasingly more relevant as markets evolve toward hybrid and electric vehicles.

LOOKING AHEAD

Looking ahead

Analysis of prior trends indicates that the South African automotive industry is likely to lag global recovery. Vehicle sales in the EU and the USA are expected to normalise in 2023 and the local market is expected to take a further 12 months to return to a similar level of normality.

The global shortage of semiconductors is anticipated to continue and this will inevitably impact on vehicle production.

Some local manufacturers have been more severely impacted than others by this shortage, but it is clear that it is affecting the industry across the world. It is, however, anticipated that local build rates will recover more quickly than local sales as manufacturers work to increase inventory and accelerate exports.

The latest iteration of government’s Automotive Production and Development Programme (‘APDP’) is expected to provide greater stability in the local automotive industry. The programme is designed to enable automotive component manufacturers to grow their value adding capabilities in order to support the creation of additional employment throughout the value chain. The Automotive Components business was successfully able to secure a Level 4 B-BBEE accreditation during the 2020 financial year and this means that both Feltex and Maxe are well positioned to take advantage of this programme going forward.

In the rest of Africa, potential opportunities are being developed through the African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (‘AAAM’). Identified target markets are Nigeria, Ghana, Algeria, Egypt, Kenya, Angola, Morocco, and Ethiopia. AAAM offices have already been opened in Ghana and there are plans in place to open an office in Kenya.

Automotive Components is a member of the AAAM and Maxe is the operating unit most likely to benefit from expansion into these markets.

Latest operational overview – 31 December 2021
VALUE PROPOSITION

Value proposition

Feltex is a leading South African manufacturer of automotive components used in the assembly and aftermarket of the major global automotive brands.

Global OEMs with manufacturing and assembly plants in South Africa expect local suppliers to provide them with quality products that are manufactured to global specifications and at globally benchmarked prices. We work closely with OEMs to deliver the customer experience they want to achieve and stand for.

That means utilising the latest technology and keeping in sync with changing global needs and trends, and ensuring we always deliver on the customer experience.

Working in conjunction with our international partners, we tender for and secure contracts to supply high-quality components for new vehicle models. These include moulded foam seats, insulation, acoustic and thermal components, and a variety of other parts that are best suited to being manufactured locally. The manufacturing technology and production capacity to do this is provided throughout the lifetime of the model at the volumes specified by the OEM.

A strong focus on new technology throughout the business is designed to support continuous innovation and process improvement, as well as to provide reliably superior levels of customer service. On our production lines, continuous improvement activities are being introduced to link processes, provide real-time management information, and improve decision-making.

From improved internal vehicle experiences to external aesthetic and functional enhancements, we are focused on enhancing the end brand experience of our customers’ clients. 

Our Maxe brand of aftermarket accessories, targeting the growing and popular SUV market and trucking sector, is well established and has a reputation for quality and reliability.

At Feltex, we aspire to be recognised as the leading sub-Saharan manufacturer of automotive components, partnering with all the major OEMs operating in sub-Saharan Africa. 

PRODUCTS & SERVICES

Products & services

Feltex Automotive Trim
Textile-based automotive acoustic and soft trim components

Autoneum Feltex
Underfloor systems for thermal and underfloor protection
Aluminium heatshields

Caravelle
Overlay carpets/loose-lay vehicle mats and tonneau covers

Feltex Fehrer
Polyurethane moulded foam
Moulded seats
Conventional and pour-in-place headrests
Foam pads
Side bolsters and armrests

Feltex Foam
Polyester and polyether flexible, semi-rigid, and rigid thermoformable foams for use in vehicles and high-tech industrial products

Auria Feltex
Acoustically engineered tufted automotive carpet

Maxe
Premium aftermarket accessories made from mild and stainless steel for light commercial vehicles (‘LCVs’), sports utility vehicles (‘SUVs’), heavy commercial vehicles (‘HCVs’), and extra heavy commercial vehicles (‘EHCVs’)

CERTIFICATION & ACCREDITATION

Certification & accreditation

HOW WE ADD VALUE

How we add value

INNOVATION

Innovation

We strive to be innovative in everything that we do. In the short term, this involves being constantly innovative in our approach to delivering components for new vehicle models, both at manufacturing stage and in the aftermarket.

Taking a longer-term view, we are working to ensure that the components we produce will be compliant with the new carbon emission standards that are set to be introduced in the EU in 2025. As 60% of all OEM output is exported, it is essential that we are compliant with this legislation.

We also constantly focus on innovations that will facilitate noise reduction, minimise heat, and reduce vibration in vehicles. This will be increasingly more relevant as markets evolve toward hybrid and electric vehicles.

LOOKING AHEAD

Looking ahead

Analysis of prior trends indicates that the South African automotive industry is likely to lag global recovery. Vehicle sales in the EU and the USA are expected to normalise in 2023 and the local market is expected to take a further 12 months to return to a similar level of normality.

The global shortage of semiconductors is anticipated to continue and this will inevitably impact on vehicle production.

Some local manufacturers have been more severely impacted than others by this shortage, but it is clear that it is affecting the industry across the world. It is, however, anticipated that local build rates will recover more quickly than local sales as manufacturers work to increase inventory and accelerate exports.

The latest iteration of government’s Automotive Production and Development Programme (‘APDP’) is expected to provide greater stability in the local automotive industry. The programme is designed to enable automotive component manufacturers to grow their value adding capabilities in order to support the creation of additional employment throughout the value chain. The Automotive Components business was successfully able to secure a Level 4 B-BBEE accreditation during the 2020 financial year and this means that both Feltex and Maxe are well positioned to take advantage of this programme going forward.

In the rest of Africa, potential opportunities are being developed through the African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (‘AAAM’). Identified target markets are Nigeria, Ghana, Algeria, Egypt, Kenya, Angola, Morocco, and Ethiopia. AAAM offices have already been opened in Ghana and there are plans in place to open an office in Kenya.

Automotive Components is a member of the AAAM and Maxe is the operating unit most likely to benefit from expansion into these markets.

Latest operational overview – 31 December 2021